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Circa 1921 in New York, the British pianist and conductor Ethel Leginska, who achieved a dubious renown for skipping out on her concert performances, including a memorable non-appearance at Carnegie Hall. Cooking-wise, we'd zap that another 30 seconds on High. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.
Cos Cob, Connecticut, circa 1908. "Owanoke Prospector's Camp -- Wyndygoul." Camping on the estate of writer-naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America. Points of interest in this 8x10 glass plate: many trees camouflaging one ambush. Bain News Service. View full size.
"Robert Murray, boy soprano with a voice reaching to the D which falls on the sixth ledger line above the treble clef, said to be the highest voice on record, has been astonishing New York City. His imitations of bird calls at a concert given at the Hippodrome are said to have been remarkable." -- The Etude, January 1922
November 1920. New York. "Murray singing 'Queen of Night'." Robert Murray, "phenomenal boy soprano" from Tacoma, Washington. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.
New York, 1920. "Graham shop." Store window display of the Graham Talking Machine Co. at 75 Graham Avenue in Brooklyn. Among the titles you could take for a spin: "Ever of Thee I'm Fondly Dreaming," "Drowsy Baby" and "My Little Bimbo Down on the Bamboo Isle." Who'll be the first brave soul to attempt a Nipper count? 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.